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Nothing Compares

By Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Illuminating music docu has strong language, mature themes.

Movie NR 2022 97 minutes
Nothing Compares movie poster: Close-up of Sinéad O'Connor's head and shoulders

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Reframed in the current climate, it's interesting to see how O'Connor's actions may have been celebrated rather than vilified had she been in the spotlight 30/40 years later. Nothing Compares positions the star as ahead of her time, and between her refusal to conform to gender norms and her using her fame for political activism -- particularly on subjects such as abortion rights, women's equality, racism, and child abuse within the church -- it becomes clear how she paved the way for a new generation of female, and possibly non-binary, artists to raise their voices. Archive footage is fascinating, particularly the rarely seen moment at a Bob Dylan anniversary concert, where she is booed off-stage, that Saturday Night Live performance that as good as ended her career, and endless interviews with male presenters who struggle to move the conversation past her "shocking" shaved head. It paints a strong picture of what she was up against the minute she refused to play nice, and how the career of a woman who initially went into music because she "just wanted to scream" exploded and then went silent because the world wasn't prepared for the truth of who she was and what she had to say.

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